Sexual Assault in the Military

By Ben Manning |

Published 08/20 2014 11:05PM

Updated 08/20 2014 11:13PM

JOHNSTOWN, CAMBRIA COUNTY - Experts talked about sexual assault in the military at a Veteran's Symposium Johnstown.

Dr. Michele Papakie spoke to a group. She was the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Manager at a base in Afghanistan. She says military sexual assault statistics are misleading because in the military you can report an assault but ask there not to be an investigation.

Karen Esaias was listening in the crowd. She used to investigate crime in the Air Force. Both Papakie and Esaias agree it is a problem, but they think the military is getting better. Esaias believes that commanders can lead by example and make their troops live up to a higher standard.

Dr. Papakie thinks cutting down on alcohol abuse and increasing education will help the cut down assault numbers.

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